Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mobilizing for It

The Earth Policy Institute is developing a blueprint to effectively implement the rapid change that needs to occur in order to reduce carbon emissions that our entire civilization is built on right now. Their summary approach to public policy and the outline for their "Plan B 4.0" is here, and their publication is available in seven languages. It's an important strategic and social networking outreach effort. Basically this says that there isn't time to wait for the big global consortium to resolve agreements about it. Very simple and effective things can be implemented right now.

Even as this is going on, the UN has come out with a position paper stating that global ecosystems are perilously close to collapse, the timeframe is urgent. While Copenhagen did not produce the necessary global consensus and commitments for countries to move ahead in concert with policies and strategies, it did raise significant awareness on the need for action and establishment of benchmarks and monitoring.

From Earth Policy Institute:

Cutting CO2 emissions 80 percent by 2020 will take a worldwide mobilization at wartime speed. The alternative to business as usual, Plan B calls for cutting net carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2020. This will allow us to prevent the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, already at 384 parts per million (ppm), from exceeding 400 ppm, thus keeping future global temperature rise to a minimum.